Touristy Things Can Be Fun!

Segway Florence Tours, Il Duomo

I just did the one thing I said I would NEVER do…

The most touristy thing you could ever imagine involving a helmet no less.

Yes, I rode on a Segway… in Florence. And it was awesome!

Since I’m not a tourist in Florence I found the idea very amusing and possibly a bit embarrassing. After this tour I’m now craving my own Segway. Maybe I should start an Indiegogo Campaign to fund it, would you donate? ;)

Florence Tours On Two Wheels, Baby!

Segway Florence Tours

Valentina showing off her skills!

I met up with a fellow blogger—Valentina’s blog is about the unconventional parts of Tuscany, check it out!—at Italy Segway Tours located behind Piazza della Signoria.

We signed a waiver, strapped on our helmets and clipped on an ear piece that whispered sweet nothings into our eardrums, or just fun facts about Florence from the guide during the tour.

We took a practice run and as expected I was a bit nervous. All of a sudden I got the hang of it and soon enough we all headed down the bumpy Renaissance roads of downtown towards the Duomo.

Giotto's Tower in Florence on a Segway Tour

At no point in my life have I ever been photographed so much! The Japanese tourists must have never seen a Segway before because they were all taking our picture. I started smiling and throwing the peace sign to whomever aimed their camera our way.

Segway Florence tours in Italy

First time wearing a helmet by Ponte Vecchio

Listen, this experience changed me. I’m now a certifiable Segway lover. If they were allowed outside of the historical center I would definitely want one of my own.

I was circling around Valentina and doing figure 8′s in front of Piazza Santa Croce. I couldn’t stop and was surprised that the guide didn’t kick me off the tour.

The facts were great, some I’ve heard before from living here, but the experience of being on a Segway and getting a glimpse of the main attractions in Florence was not bad at all! It was a really great way to see the city, especially if strapped for time or looking to have a memorable experience wandering around town.

Segway tour in Italy

Il Porcellino in Florence

My first official picture with the good luck Porcellino

Louis Vuitton in Florence on a Segway Tour

Parked across Palazzo Strozzi

Piazza Santa Maria Novella Segway Tour in Florence

Learning more about Santa Maria Novella

Uffizi Gallery during Seway Tour

Framing things through the Uffizi

The tour led us to so many must-see spots like main piazzas, Uffizi Gallery and Ponte Vecchio.

We ended the tour with a drink of our choice at Oibò by Santa Croce—I recommend the Caffè Shakerato of course.

The Italy Segway Tours are in Florence, Rome and Milan. The tours are about 3 hours long and run from 75-100€ per person depending on the tailored tour you choose—they even have night tours! Find them on Facebook and Trip Advisor.

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Tiana Kai

I live in Florence with my Florentine husband... how original, I know! Exploring, eating and drinking keep me busy and happy. My winters are filled with snow and my summers are filled with hiking. LIKE what you read? Great, head over to your right and subscribe!

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  • flavorverse

    ‘Tis a shame this thing didn’t catch on. The Segway is a ton of fun to drive around, even though it does like a teeny-tiny bit dorky!

  • http://blog.tianakai.com/ Tiana Kai

    Exactly, dorky! It’s a real shame it looks dorky because it feels incredible. I loved the experience and I hope this post makes people go out there and rent one!